Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Chanel Les Exclusifs Misia: new fragrance

The fragrance line Les Exclusifs by Chanel has been having its ups and downs through the years, but it has always appealed to customers who are interested in perfume first and foremost, with the famous logo as an addendum rather than the whole raison d'être of the purchase.

Les Exclusifs Misia, named after the best friend of Gabrielle Bonheur (Coco) Chanel, joins the wondrous juices of 31 Rue Cambon, Sycomore, Coromandel, Beige et al, in the exclusive circuit sold at Chanel boutiques and online at the official site of Chanel.com, encased in magnetic closure bottles holding either 200ml or 75ml.

Misia Les Exclusifs by Chanel comprises fragrance notes of violet, May rose from Grasse, Turkish rose, orris, benzoin, tonka bean, and musks. The fragrance of Misia is composed by in-house perfumer Olivier Polge.

Chanel is after all busy in business as usual, with even news of "looking to open a new factory in the Compiègne area of France, creating several hundred jobs and perhaps 10,000 tangential jobs for suppliers in the region", according to French local newspaper, the Courrier Picard.

For those interested in the story between the two women, Lisa Chaney's biography Chanel: An intimate life and Justine Picardie's classic tome Chanel: Sa Vie are both thorough and highly recommended. You can order them following the highlighted links.

notes via Fragrantica


  1. Anonymous15:07

    Oh, how very exciting to think there is a new addition to the Les Exclusifs line! I can't wait to smell it. This is my first time ever commenting on your wonderful, wonderful website. I enjoy it so much. Thanks. Emma :)

  2. I must smell this Helg.
    Wonderful news with more jobs for people in France too.

    Lots of our factories are closing and going overseas sadly.

  3. We shall smell. I note the absence of jasmine from Chanel-owned Grasse plantation. Made obsolete by IFRA (if not earlier ...)


  4. Miss Heliotrope05:23

    Shall be interested in having a sniff, and thankfully, Chanel have opened a store with Les Exclusifs only 20mins from me, rather than the 1 1/2 hours travel previously -

  5. The notes for this one sound lovely. So far, I don't think I've had a ton of luck with Chanel (it's a travesty really), but maybe I haven't tried them enough...

  6. Emma,

    you're exceptionally kind and welcome aboard the Perfume Shrine. I am looking forward to reading your comments, your questions, your dissent when necessary.

    Admittedly a powedery rosy-violet thing from Chanel, especially in the posh line, creates expectations. How nice for us!

  7. M,

    as usual you hit the nail on the head. Yes, new job options is great news. I'm glad that a privately held company like Chanel continues to thrive and not capitulate to this "faux luxury" which makes things in China to cut costs and insists they're operating 100% in Europe.

  8. M,

    mmmm, I am not so sure about that Grasse jasmine. You know, it was only reserved for the extraits anyway and the IFRA minimum is very low to begin with, so I don't really see a problem with that.
    It's ever so hard to get them to give a straight answer though for all the imagined reasons.

    Still, I think we're dealing with a rosy-violet makeup scent for Misia (lipstick, retro face powder) and this doesn't include jasmine. So, that's my theory and I'm sticking with it. ;-P

  9. MH,

    jolly good news!!! Happy for you!
    I do expect a full breakdown posted here when you do try it! :-)

  10. Sun Mi,

    it all depends on what you've tried. Chanel is highly regarded, but sometimes that happens due to momentum. Not everything is worthwhile (Chance Eau Tendre, Coco Mlle, masculine Allures etc. I'm looking at you!)

    Misia sounds like a lighter "lipstick scent" which is a good thing since the Malle edited LR is too waxy and thick for me.


Type your comment in the box, choose the Profile option you prefer from the drop down menu below the text box (Anonymous is fine if you don't want the other options!) and hit Publish!
And you're set!

Blog Widget by LinkWithin